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Field Program

[Image Description: Two MCC members taking a brief break; one is sitting on a rock, the other is standing nearby. They are both in their uniforms, looking out at the expansive, mountain view surrounding them.]

Wildlife Friendly Fencing in Paradise Valley

A crew stands and kneels in front of a wildlife friendly fence that they have just built.

Our crew partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association to remove the top and bottom barbed wire and replace it with smooth wire instead. Installing the smooth top and bottom wire, as well as reconfiguring the spacing of the wire, allows for elk and pronghorn to safely pass through and no longer get caught and injured. Our crew installed the wildlife-friendly fencing on various private ranches in Paradise Valley. The NPCA targeted problematic areas for us to install the fencing that had data to show injuries and fatalities of wildlife at these spots. Not only that but installing the wildlife-friendly fencing allows for these populations to gain more genetic diversity! By the end of it, we installed over a mile of the wildlife-friendly fencing and served the wildlife population in many ways, as well as working with private ranchers who were excited for us to be there!